|President of Benin|
April 4, 1996 – April 6, 2006
|Preceded by||Nicéphore Soglo|
|Succeeded by||Yayi Boni|
October 26, 1972 – April 4, 1991
|Preceded by||Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin|
|Succeeded by||Nicéphore Soglo|
|Born||2 September 1933|
Kouarfa, French Dahomey (now Kouarfa, Benin)
|Died||14 October 2015(aged 82)|
|Political party||People's Revolutionary Party of Benin (1975–1990)|
After seizing power in a military coup, he ruled the country for 17 years. He was defeated in the 1991 presidential election, but was returned to the presidency in the 1996 election and controversially re-elected in 2001.
- "Après 29 ans de pouvoir, le Président Kérékou tire sa révérence", IRIN, 6 April 2006 (in French).
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